Brexit: Philip Hammond says business needs certainty over transition

Brexit: Philip Hammond says business needs certainty over transition

Image copyright Reuters A post-Brexit transition period of “about two years” will give the business the “certainty and comfort” to plan ahead, Philip Hammond has said. The chancellor said he initially argued for a longer transition phase but the cabinet had united behind a shorter period which offered both flexibility and a “degree of precision”. […]

Sir Edward Heath’s godson urges police abuse inquiry review

Sir Edward Heath’s godson urges police abuse inquiry review

Image caption Sir Edward Heath died in 2005 aged 89 Police handling of sexual abuse claims against Sir Edward Heath should be the subject of an official inquiry, the ex-prime minister’s godson has said. Lincoln Seligman said he believed the two-year investigation into Sir Edward, who died 12 years ago, was flawed. Mr Seligman spoke […]

Hammond to announce ‘more money’ for Northern Powerhouse rail

Hammond to announce ‘more money’ for Northern Powerhouse rail

Image copyright PA Chancellor Philip Hammond is to announce an extra £300m to improve rail links in northern England, in a speech to the Conservative party conference. Plans to electrify the whole Trans-Pennine route had previously been axed. But the new money will be used to ensure HS2 will link to faster trains between Liverpool […]

Cabinet split harming business, says British Chambers of Commerce

Cabinet split harming business, says British Chambers of Commerce

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boris Johnson has described the cabinet as a “nest of singing birds” Public disagreements between cabinet ministers are undermining business confidence, the British Chambers of Commerce has warned. Business leaders are “growing impatient with division” at the heart of the government, particularly around the Brexit process, the group said. It […]

Theresa May pledges help for young on student fees and housing

Theresa May pledges help for young on student fees and housing

Media captionTheresa May says the government “has to look again” at the issue of tuition fees Theresa May has admitted a change in her party’s approach on tuition fees in England, saying she has listened to voters and fees will freeze at £9,250. Fee repayment thresholds will also rise, so graduates will start paying back […]

Theresa May promises £10bn Help to Buy boost

Theresa May promises £10bn Help to Buy boost

Image copyright Getty Images The government will find an extra £10bn for the Help to Buy scheme to let another 135,000 people get on the property ladder, Theresa May has said. The extra cash will help buyers get a mortgage with a deposit of as little as 5% to buy newly built homes. Mrs May […]

Tories urgently need more volunteers, says Sir Eric Pickles

Tories urgently need more volunteers, says Sir Eric Pickles

Image copyright PA The Conservative Party urgently needs to increase its number of activists on the ground, a post-mortem of its general election campaign has said. It also needs to sign up younger members or risk being outgunned by the “united left” that rallied behind Jeremy Corbyn. The report, by former minister Sir Eric Pickles, […]

Theresa May pledges help for young on fees and housing

Theresa May pledges help for young on fees and housing

Image copyright EPA Theresa May is set to announce that tuition fees will be frozen at £9,250 a year in an overhaul of student funding. The prime minister said the repayment threshold would also rise, so graduates will only start paying back loans once they earn £25,000, rather than £21,000. The announcement, as the Tory […]

Ruth Davidson: UK is too ‘London-centric’

Ruth Davidson: UK is too ‘London-centric’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ruth Davidson is due to address the Conservative Party conference in Manchester later Ruth Davidson is to demand Scotland benefits more from being part of the Union with a plea for more government jobs to be relocated north. The Scottish Conservative leader will say the UK “continues to be far […]

PM pledges help for young people on fees and housing

PM pledges help for young people on fees and housing

Image copyright EPA Theresa May is set to announce that tuition fees will be frozen at £9,250 in an overhaul of student funding. The PM told the Sun on Sunday the repayment threshold would also rise, so graduates only start paying back their loans once they are earning £25,000. The changes to the loan system […]